By ANDRE’ MORGAN
What ever happened to Thomas Webster. A powerful wrestler with impeccable technique, Thomas Webster reached his seemly unlimited potential at the collegiate level.
Starting at the age of 6 and coming from a large wrestling family, it was never a doubt that Webster would become a wrestling lifer.
With a kids individual and team state championship in hand, Webster left the Harvey Twisters for the Chicago Catholic League’s De La Salle Meteors.
Webster used a combination of his long length, speed, and solid technique to produce three state tournament qualifying appearances and two greco style state championships.
At the college level, Webster joined NCAA DIII power Johnson & Wales University after two years at Iowa Central. Success at the National Duals followed along with NCAA All American honors.
Webster is the newly named Head Coach at Crete-Monee High School.
Name: Thomas Webster
Where do you live today? Calumet Park, IL
Married: No, not yet. One day
Your Kids Team: Harvey Twisters
Your High School Team: De La Salle Institute
Your College Team: Iowa Central / Johnson and Wales University (JWU)
What years did you wrestle H.S. Varsity & Weight Classes: 2002-2006 (103, 119, 125, 135)
What years did you wrestle College & Weight Classes: 2007, 2010-2013 (133, 141, 149)
Highest Placement in kids: State Champion
Highest Placement in H.S.: State Qualifier, 3-time H.S. tournament OW award winner, 2x Greco state champ, 3rd Reno Nationals
Highest Placement in College: New England All Conference / NCAA All American… College diploma most importantly 🙂
Did you Freestyle & Greco: Yes
Your High School Coach: Brian Hastings and Tom Combs
Your College Coach: Lonnie Morris & Brian Allen
Greatest accomplishment in wrestling: Weighed in at 141 for National Duals, beat the #10 and #5 ranked wrestlers in the nation at 149 back to back.
Why did you start wrestling? Nothing else challenged my mind and body and heart the way wrestling did.
Who influenced you the most in wrestling? Steve Williams – Harvey Twisters. He showed me that attitude was everything. Whether you think you CAN or CAN’T win, you’re already right.
Do you still compete in wrestling? Open Freestyle Tournaments
What other sports are you doing? Other sports? Those don’t exist when you wrestle all year around. (But I did do MMA for 2 years in California, it’s still wrestling but with a fist or two added in)
What do you weigh today? 155ish
Do your kids wrestle? One day
If you could change one thing in your wrestling career it would be: I just wish I would have fell in love with the sport sooner.
What do you do professionally for a living today? I teach a Pass/Hero program at Crete Monee High School.
Do you coach or officiate? Head Wrestling Coach at Crete Monee High School
How did wrestling change or better you? After wrestling, the rest of my life was just another practice. Wrestling was so intense and fast paced that it made the struggles of life come in slow motion. I just set up and ankle pick my obstacles away with ease.
Name one match that you lost that you should of won? I feel as if I beat myself too many times by overthinking. When you work hard, with intense precision in practice all week, you’re suppose to let your instinct and muscle memory handle the competition.
Who was your biggest rival in H.S.? My school rival was Brother Rice but I always had my eye set on St. Rita. They were the guys to beat in my day. “Dang I sound old saying that” lol
Who was your biggest rival in college? At both schools we aimed pretty high to take out the big dogs. Divisions didn’t matter. We competed in ALL tournaments (D1, D2, D3).